Bak­ers ap­point ex­tra driv­ers for new Defy trucks

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - AL­WYN VILJOEN al­wyn.viljoen@wit­ness.co.za

TWO words kept emerg­ing dur­ing a han­dover cer­e­mony of a fleet of over 30 new Atego 1518 closed body trucks to Bak­ers at Pi­eter­mar­itzburg last week: re­li­a­bil­ity and trust.

The trucks will make sec­ondary leg de­liv­er­ies of Defy ap­pli­ances ac­cross South Africa.

Shabir Tayob, direc­tor of mar­ket­ing and lo­gis­tics at Bak­ers SA Limited, told

Wheels the com­pany have been us­ing Mercedes-Benz in their fleet for over 30 years.

He said the de­ci­sion to trust in Mercedes-Benz was as much based on the com­pany’s rep­u­ta­tion for re­li­a­bil­ity as the af­ter-sales sup­port of­fered by Gar­den City Com­mer­cials.

Greg Vaughan, na­tional mar­ket­ing ex­ec­u­tive at Bak­ers, said Bak­ers’ con­tract to de­liver Defy ap­pli­ances has formed part of the com­pany’s growth over the past 20 years to its cur­rent size of more than 1 000 em­ployyes work­ing at 13 de­pots and nu­mer­ous client sites through­out South Africa.

Tayob said 22 new driv­ers had been re­cruited and trained for the con­tract. Vaughan said the trucks were higher to ac­com­mo­date more vol­ume, with each truck’s roof car­ry­ing a wind de­flec­tor to en­sure a lower fuel bill. At the back of each truck a alu­minium tail lift has been spe­cially cus­tomised for Bak­ers to en­sure care­ful on- and off-load­ing of white goods.

PHOTO: JONATHAN BUR­TON

Bak­ers SA Limited’s found­ing broth­ers Shabir and Ab­dul Tayob, with Gar­den City Com­mer­cial’s dealer prin­ci­pal Mark Naidoo and sales manager Naudé Terblance at a han­dover of more than 30 new Atego 1518 trucks in Pi­eter­mar­itzburg last week.

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